Spirit Day 2013: Take Action Now!
Spirit Day 2013: Take Action Now!
Now that you've turned your Facebook and Twitter profile pics purple to stand up against bullying on Spirit Day, check out other ways you can help support LGBT youth. Below, some of our partners tell us how youth, adults, or both can take action beyond Spirit Day.
Take Action with the Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is working to make schools and communities safer for LGBTQ youth. Click here to access great tools and trainings for youth in grades 6-12 and adults who work with this awesome age group. Step In, Speak Up! is an interactive online training for adults who work with youth in grades 6-12. This unique training gives adult learners a chance to practice techniques for creating a safer, more supportive environment for LGBTQ youth, building skills to curtail harassment and connect with students who need support. Coming Out As YOU! is a new pocket-sized workbook that helps youth in grades 6-12 navigate the coming out experience in a safe way that encourages critical thinking. Take action now >>
Take Action with PACER
With 1 in 3 children being bullied, it is likely that this is happening to someone you know and care about. Students are ready to lead the bullying prevention movement, to own the issue and be the solution. PACER’s WE WILL Generation calls all students to speak out against bullying and make a positive change in their communities. Will you join? Take action now >>
Take Action with GLSEN
The Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) is a bill introduced in the House by Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA) and in the Senate by Sen. Bob Casey (PA). The legislation would ensure that states and school districts develop comprehensive, enumerated anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies that cover all students, including those who are bullied because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The legislation would also encourage professional development for teachers and other school personnel, and require schools to report incidents of bullying and harassment back to state departments of education to better address the problem. The bill has been gaining support in both chambers, but it needs your help! Email your Members of Congress today and ask them to cosponsor the Safe Schools Improvement Act and ensure that every student is protected from bullying and harassment. Take action now >>
Take Action with MTV's Over the Line?
Over the Line? is a space where you can share examples of how cell phones and the Web are impacting the ways you interact with friends, bfs, gfs and others. Technology helps us connect in ways we never could before, but it can also bring new drama -- and sometimes serious problems -- into our lives. Over the Line?, part of MTV's A THIN LINE campaign, is designed to help you draw your own line between digital use and digital abuse. Take action now >>
Take Action with the It Gets Better Project
Visit our site, preview the videos, post your favorite to your social media accounts with #spiritday. Take action now >>
Take Action with Major League Soccer
Major League Soccer is committed to supporting the communities where we live and play our games, and to providing an environment in which our staff, clubs, players, partners and supporters are treated with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate discrimination, bias, prejudice or harassment of any kind. Don't Cross the Line promotes unity, respect, fair play, equality and acceptance throughout the soccer community. Take action now >>
Next Week: GLSEN's Ally Week
Ally Week, taking place this year on October 21-25, 2013, is a whole week where we can engage in a national dialogue about how everyone in and out of school can work to become better allies to LGBT youth. Whether you're a lesbian adult working to make schools safer for today's youth, or a gay student organizing to create safe spaces for your trans friends, everyone has an opportunity this week to recognize their allyship and take action to become better at it. Take action now >>
What is Spirit Day?
Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying. Spirit Day was started in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag. Getting involved is easy -- participants are asked to simply "go purple" on October 17th as we work to create a world in which LGBT teens are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Learn more & go purple at www.glaad.org/spiritday.
GLAAD thanks the Terry K. Watanabe Charitable Trust for supporting Spirit Day